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Damu Hotel
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #34 of 69 Hotels in Addis Ababa
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23 hotel reviews
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“an average hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

its an average hotel, bad internet in the rooms, shower heads leak all over the place, power plug points that dont have any use and some lights that dont work, food is good, but the staff at restaurant can be pushy in terms of tips, its alright for a layover and thats about it, its way overpriced to what it offers, neighborhood is bad and boring. beds could be better, a hot water pot will help, crapper can be better.

Room Tip: room 605 is better on the 6th floor and make sure your door has good locks on it
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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dubai
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This place is clean.
That is my only positive thing to say.
Airport pick up did not happen and no apology or explanation.
Dark and dingy room. Way overpriced for what you get.
The only positive thing (and for that the hotel gets no plaudits) is that the very fine Indian restaurant (Sangam?) is just across the road.
Reccomendation: Pay just a bit more and get much more.

Room Tip: I was at the front and would recommend a room there if you want to be awoken by barking dogs at 4am.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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11 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

room is spacious, clean bathroom and helpful staff. negative side is security. making smart comments and not allowing any visitors unless you come down and sign. i signed once and they kept asking me everytime to do the same thing. i had to move out due to their behaviour.
location is good by the way overlooking bole road near hebsha resturant.

Room Tip: the higher floor the better
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

The hotel is about 5 minutes drive from the airport on Africa Avenue. You can walk to the main attraction of the city. Their rate starts around $45.00 if you're using azebot.com to make your online reservation. You have to make sure you make your reservation ahead to get the discount though.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I enjoyed staying in this hotel for 4 nights. The hotel is clean and quite in the middle of Addis Ababa "Bole Road". You can feel very safe in this hotel and you will always find a staff who wants to accommodate your requests with a smiley face.
At the same time, don't expect to find a luxurious rooms.

Room Tip: Try to ask for rooms in the first 3 floors as the elevator sometimes doesn't work.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Damu is certainly doing its best to get everything right, but at the moment for every plus there is also a negative. My airport pickup did not arrive, and no one at the hotel apologised for this - not great when arriving at 1 a.m. Noise is a real problem with car alarms, noisy guests and blaring bar music from next door all a problem the hotel has yet to deal with. On the upside, I enjoyed the food, the service was good and friendly, and the rooms excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back side of the hotel for quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, ON
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

The Damu Hotel is a pleasant find in the heart of Addis Ababa -- conveniently located off Bole Road, on a quiet side street.

The first thing you'll notice is how the staff seem genuinely pleased to have you as their guest. Everything is no problem -- whether it's arranging for an earlier breakfast (our group had many early starts, and the buffet was always attentively organized for us), delivering your finished laundry in record time, or arranging for a taxi or dinner reservation.

A few things to look out for nearby:

The Saay Cake cafe is 10 minutes on foot and great for a coffee and sugar rush.

L'Elysee, almost across the street from the hotel, serves lovely French food -- and delights with an amuse bouche. A little expensive by Ethiopian standards, but certainly not by Western ones. Our group loved the liver and I can heartily recommend the fish soup.

Check out the Boston Day Spa for a massage -- I nearly died of happiness.

The Lime Tree Restaurant, in the same building as Boston Day Spa, is great for a bite and even some souvenir buying.

I walked to the above two locations (about 15 minutes from the hotel) but you can arrange for a taxi for about 50 Bir.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Damu Hotel

Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 69 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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